Fantasy Genre Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What types of things take place in the fantasy genre of fiction? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to inform students on the basics of the fantasy genre. A small group activity allows students to bring their understanding of these concepts to the page.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize key characteristics of the fantasy genre
  • explain how fantasy works differ from other works of fiction
  • give a couple of examples of fantasy-genre books

Length

60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.2

Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.7

Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).

Materials

  • An excerpt from a popular and grade-level appropriate fantasy book
  • Paper copies of the text lesson Fantasy Genre Lesson for Kids
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson

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